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Aid Fragmentation and Swedish Bilateral Development Assistance

Larsson, Cecilia LU (2010) NEKK01 20102
Department of Economics
Abstract
A recently discovered problem concerning foreign development assistance is that of its fragmentation. The concept of aid fragmentation refers to the composition of the flow of aid into a recipient country in terms of its origin. Highly fragmented aid is by definition that which is made up by contributions from a large share of the total number of potential donors. Sufficiently high fragmentation it is argued, has adverse effects on the efficiency of aid in a number of ways, some of which are set out in this paper. During the Paris High-Level Forum of Aid Effectiveness in 2005 aspects relating to fragmentation was brought to discussion. Following the conference, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs initiated a process of implementing a... (More)
A recently discovered problem concerning foreign development assistance is that of its fragmentation. The concept of aid fragmentation refers to the composition of the flow of aid into a recipient country in terms of its origin. Highly fragmented aid is by definition that which is made up by contributions from a large share of the total number of potential donors. Sufficiently high fragmentation it is argued, has adverse effects on the efficiency of aid in a number of ways, some of which are set out in this paper. During the Paris High-Level Forum of Aid Effectiveness in 2005 aspects relating to fragmentation was brought to discussion. Following the conference, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs initiated a process of implementing a new development assistance policy. By examining data on aid flows over recent years, I attempt in this paper to find indications of any changes in the fragmentation of bilateral aid following the rise in consciousness, focusing on partners of Sweden. In addition I try to establish whether the presence of Sweden as a donor in a recipient country has a significant influence on the level of aid fragmentation. Results lead to my conclusion that Sweden, and the better part of the aid community, still has a long way to go in the process of reforming foreign development assistance. (Less)
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Larsson, Cecilia LU
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NEKK01 20102
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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transaction costs, fragmentation, foreign aid, development, Paris Declaration
language
English
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1746301
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2010-12-16 16:25:50
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  abstract     = {A recently discovered problem concerning foreign development assistance is that of its fragmentation. The concept of aid fragmentation refers to the composition of the flow of aid into a recipient country in terms of its origin. Highly fragmented aid is by definition that which is made up by contributions from a large share of the total number of potential donors. Sufficiently high fragmentation it is argued, has adverse effects on the efficiency of aid in a number of ways, some of which are set out in this paper. During the Paris High-Level Forum of Aid Effectiveness in 2005 aspects relating to fragmentation was brought to discussion. Following the conference, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs initiated a process of implementing a new development assistance policy. By examining data on aid flows over recent years, I attempt in this paper to find indications of any changes in the fragmentation of bilateral aid following the rise in consciousness, focusing on partners of Sweden. In addition I try to establish whether the presence of Sweden as a donor in a recipient country has a significant influence on the level of aid fragmentation. Results lead to my conclusion that Sweden, and the better part of the aid community, still has a long way to go in the process of reforming foreign development assistance.},
  author       = {Larsson, Cecilia},
  keyword      = {transaction costs,fragmentation,foreign aid,development,Paris Declaration},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Aid Fragmentation and Swedish Bilateral Development Assistance},
  year         = {2010},
}